Carl and Sue Casebeer met at Disneyland while both were working in Frontierland. Him on the Mark Twain, her at the Golden Horseshoe.
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Carl Casebeer’s Disneyland story started the same day the park opened, on July 17, 1955. No, he wasn’t one of the first cast members. He was a second grader at a local school in Anaheim. His class and many others were invited to the park for opening day. So they boarded buses and were off […]

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Bill Reyes, an aficionado, digitally recreated the music heard in the heaven caverns room inside the Calico Mine Train Ride at Knott's Berry Farm.
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Music, trains, and theme parks are passions of Bill Reyes, and he’s found a way to work all three into his life. Unusually enough, it began when Bill’s dad learned his young son preferred music to sports—and rather than lose heart at not having a future athlete in the family, he encouraged Bill’s love of […]

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Tim Strauch II on his first day as a Disneyland character. Here he is dressed as Br'er Fox. Used by permission.
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Some teachers in school are real characters. In Tim Strauch II’s case, he was one—a Disneyland character that is. Actually Tim, 44, played several Disneyland characters during his time as a Cast Member in the Entertainment Department from November 1996 to January 2001, including Pluto, Buzz Lightyear, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Eeyore, Rafiki, Geppetto, […]

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Scott Zone, the official archivist of the Disney family home movies, stands in front of a bench from Griffith Park at Disneyland.
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If you’re a fan of the Walt Disney Family Museum and all the great videos featuring Walt Disney and his family on display there, then you have Scott Zone to thank for how great they look—and it all started in 1995. At that time, Scott was working at Orion as a colorist in video post-production […]

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John Waite once worked as a Jungle Cruise skipper at Disneyland. This photo was taken in 1958.
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“I have always loved amusement parks,” John Waite told me. It’s a love affair that started when he was a kid growing up in Cleveland and stuck with him while studying theater at nearby Allegheny College—so much so that he worked at Euclid Beach Park (an amusement park on the southern shore of Lake Erie […]

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Two trains going in opposite directions meet at a bridge.
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Railroad fans of all ages descended on the Fullerton Transportation Center for Fullerton Railroad Days. You can click here to check out the photos.

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Sleeping Beauty Castle on a clear spring day with the Matterhorn in the distance.
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What is it about Disneyland that for those who worked there, they form lifelong bonds? Is it from the pixie dust they throw on you at orientation when you start working as a Cast Member at the “Happiest Place on Earth?” Is it the camaraderie from working side by side with others, all of whom […]

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Mike Rusiewcki is ready to take the Encanada Pacific #2 out on the main line.
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One of the fun things I’ve gotten to do over the past few years is enjoy many of the full size and scale model steam-powered railroads around Southern California – some in public settings, and some privately owned. Saturday, March 22, 2014, I was invited to visit the Encanada Pacific Railroad where they steamed up […]

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Recognize this Red Car? You might have seen it in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." It is on display at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, CA.
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Do you recognize this Pacific Electric Red Car? If you’re a Disney fan you should. It was used in the movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” It also still runs many weekends at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, California. That same Red Car and many others are housed at the outdoor museum, and were […]

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One train rolls out the cave from the final lift, while another climbs the hill on the second lift on Big Thunder at Disneyland. The theme park was running the attraction for cast members after a long refurbishment that saw most of the track replaced, and new effects installed.
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As many of you know, I am now writing about Disneyland and other theme parks for Insidethemagic.net. Here are links to some recent articles. This first is a link to a story, including video and photos, about the newly refurbished Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The second is about the opening of the new Starbucks in […]

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